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Updates of UP Ibalon Bicol projects

March 2, 2009

UPCAT–the Movie at Universidad de Sta Isabel

by Ann Mariano

Through the sponsorship of the Camarines Sur UP Alumni Association, a movie on UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) was shown at the Universidad de Sta Isabel on Saturday, February 28, 2009.

UP Ibalon-Bicol expresses its sincere gratitude to the civic-minded Ibalonian-members of Naga City and the UP Alumni of Camarines Sur who were present to lend a helping hand. Ibalonians Sieg Borromeo-Bulaong, Alaine Fornoles, Jun Olin, Totoy Badiola, Ann Mariano, and others gave their hearts, valuable time, and effort to make the event successful.

Health Screening, Barangay Workshop & Operation Blessing

UP Ibalon Bicol president Jose (Butch) Robredo announces the Health Screening and Barangay Workshop to be held on April 2 to May 2, 2009 in Naga City. Ibalonian Josephine (Penny) R. Bundoc, M.D. of UP-PGH Department of Rehabilitation Medicine will spearhead the scoliosis, vision screening, and the 2nd phase of the Operation Blessing (OB.)

During the OB, limb prothesis will be fitted for some indigent disabled amputees in the city. Kind-hearted Ibalonians are invited to join the forthcoming humanitarian project(s. (Photo Credits: Dan Daz)

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Updates of UP Ibalon Bicol projects

March 2, 2009

UPCAT–the Movie at Universidad de Sta Isabel

by Ann Mariano

Through the sponsorship of the Camarines Sur UP Alumni Association, a movie on UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) was shown at the Universidad de Sta Isabel on Saturday, February 28, 2009.

UP Ibalon-Bicol expresses its sincere gratitude to the civic-minded Ibalonian-members of Naga City and the UP Alumni of Camarines Sur who were present to lend a helping hand. Ibalonians Sieg Borromeo-Bulaong, Alaine Fornoles, Jun Olin, Totoy Badiola, Ann Mariano, and others gave their hearts, valuable time, and effort to make the event successful.

Health Screening, Barangay Workshop & Operation Blessing

UP Ibalon Bicol president Jose (Butch) Robredo announces the Health Screening and Barangay Workshop to be held on April 2 to May 2, 2009 in Naga City. Ibalonian Josephine (Penny) R. Bundoc, M.D. of UP-PGH Department of Rehabilitation Medicine will spearhead the scoliosis, vision screening, and the 2nd phase of the Operation Blessing (OB.)

During the OB, limb prothesis will be fitted for some indigent disabled amputees in the city. Kind-hearted Ibalonians are invited to join the forthcoming humanitarian project(s. (Photo Credits: Dan Daz)

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Physicians for Peace, UP Ibalon, and civic-minded Naga residents conduct the free wheelchair project

February 6, 2009

Wheechair and Limb Prosthetics Project
by Ann Mariano

On Thursday February 5, 2009, the wheelchair and prosthetics project spearheaded by Ibalonians Dr. Josephine (Penny) R. Bundoc and Jose (Butch) Robredo pulled through in Naga City with the participation of the Physicians for Peace, the city government, and the Rotary Club.

Held in Naga City Gymnasium on a hot humid day, the setting up of wheelchairs for the indigent disabled was made possible with the help of Rene Fornoles, Totoy Badiola, Tess Avenido-Arbo, Sieg Borromeo-Bulaong, Jun Olin, Dr. May Velasco-Yorobe, Alaine Alberto-Fornoles, Lala Moreno, Ann Mariano and Dr. Andy Gimpaya— all kind-hearted Ibalonians.

The humanitarian project started with the usual registration. Dr. Bundoc went ahead with the free screening and interviews of patients, some of whom were referred to the UP-PGH in Manila for further evaluation and management. Prosthetic limb technicians came to make casts for the handicapped indigents. The last to be fitted was Sandy Valleno, a former reporter and stroke victim.

Representing the Physicians for Peace was Dr. Juan Montero. The said founder of the philanthropic organization came all the way from the United States to make available the free wheelchairs and distribute medicines for the needy.

Friends of UP Ibalon who attended were Naga City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo and his team of government workers headed by Lolit Nantes, the president of Kapisanan ng Sangguniang Barangay Kagawad. Community leaders Charlie Ravanera and Achilles Lo of the Rotary Club and civic-minded Waging Manlangit-Tam were there to lend logistical support.

The indigent recipients who spoke of their disabilities and illnesses were grateful to have their donated wheelchairs. Scheduled on the 3rd week of March 2009, the next and final leg of the project will involve distribution of limb prosthesis. (Photo Credits: Sieg Borromeo-Bulaong; Donnamarijne)




NOTE OF THANKS

UP Ibalon extends its thanks to all those who helped in making this project possible including the unnamed supporters and contributors of this civic exercise. =0=

RELATED BLOG: “UP Ibalon Alumni-Bicol pursues its wheelchair & leg prosthesis project for indigents” Posted by mesiamd at 1/09/2009

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Physicians for Peace, UP Ibalon, and civic-minded Naga residents conduct the free wheelchair project

February 6, 2009

Wheechair and Limb Prosthetics Project
by Ann Mariano

On Thursday February 5, 2009, the wheelchair and prosthetics project spearheaded by Ibalonians Dr. Josephine (Penny) R. Bundoc and Jose (Butch) Robredo pulled through in Naga City with the participation of the Physicians for Peace, the city government, and the Rotary Club.

Held in Naga City Gymnasium on a hot humid day, the setting up of wheelchairs for the indigent disabled was made possible with the help of Rene Fornoles, Totoy Badiola, Tess Avenido-Arbo, Sieg Borromeo-Bulaong, Jun Olin, Dr. May Velasco-Yorobe, Alaine Alberto-Fornoles, Lala Moreno, Ann Mariano and Dr. Andy Gimpaya— all kind-hearted Ibalonians.

The humanitarian project started with the usual registration. Dr. Bundoc went ahead with the free screening and interviews of patients, some of whom were referred to the UP-PGH in Manila for further evaluation and management. Prosthetic limb technicians came to make casts for the handicapped indigents. The last to be fitted was Sandy Valleno, a former reporter and stroke victim.

Representing the Physicians for Peace was Dr. Juan Montero. The said founder of the philanthropic organization came all the way from the United States to make available the free wheelchairs and distribute medicines for the needy.

Friends of UP Ibalon who attended were Naga City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo and his team of government workers headed by Lolit Nantes, the president of Kapisanan ng Sangguniang Barangay Kagawad. Community leaders Charlie Ravanera and Achilles Lo of the Rotary Club and civic-minded Waging Manlangit-Tam were there to lend logistical support.

The indigent recipients who spoke of their disabilities and illnesses were grateful to have their donated wheelchairs. Scheduled on the 3rd week of March 2009, the next and final leg of the project will involve distribution of limb prosthesis. (Photo Credits: Sieg Borromeo-Bulaong; Donnamarijne)




NOTE OF THANKS

UP Ibalon extends its thanks to all those who helped in making this project possible including the unnamed supporters and contributors of this civic exercise. =0=

RELATED BLOG: “UP Ibalon Alumni-Bicol pursues its wheelchair & leg prosthesis project for indigents” Posted by mesiamd at 1/09/2009

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Update on Operation Blessings: Wheelchair distribution in Bicol

January 15, 2009

Operation Blessings

by Dr. Josephine R. Bundoc

Operation Blessing (OB,) the charitable project which aims to give away wheelchairs to indigent disabled amputees in March has set its guidelines in the selection of recipients from Bicol. Since the available wheelchairs are limited, Ibalonian Dr. Josephine R. Bundoc, consultant of the UP-PGH Rehabilitation Medicine Department has the following guidelines in the conduct of the charitable giving:

Requirements of Operation Blessings for the wheelchair recipients are:

1. Name, age, medical diagnosis and reason(s) for needing a wheelchair: a
physician’s signature is preferred, but not required.
2. DSWD Case Study report on the recipient
3. Barangay certificate that the recipient is a resident of the barangay.

Operation Blessings’ counterparts— the LGUs, NGOs or partner(s) are enjoined to assist in the following:

1. Board and lodging of the O.B. team (normally 6 personnel) for 2-3 days
2. Venue for distribution – preferably gym or something like the Naga Civic Center
3. Transportation expenses of wheelchairs
4. Manpower to assist in wheelchair assembly

Operation Blessings plans to distribute free wheelcharis in Bicol on the 3rd to 4th week of March. For Camarines recipients, Daet, Camarines Norte will be the stop-over before Naga City and Camarines Sur. The distribution team will then proceed to Tabaco, Santo Domingo, Legaspi, Tiwi in Albay province, and subsequently proceeding to Sorsogon City in Sorsogon Province.

Ibalonians within and in between the above-mentioned areas may submit requirements of potential recipients before Feb 15, 2009 so they may be included in the distribution. Expecting to be in Naga City to meet with those involved with the project, Dr. Bundoc and the UP Ibalon Alumni president Butch M. Robredo express their thanks to all those who commit themselves and find in their hearts valuable time and energy in helping this worthy endeavor. The participation of more members and non-member volunteers are welcome and gratefully appreciated.(Photo Credit: Edgar Jediza) =0=

Addendum: On February 6, 2009, there will be amputee screening and measurement of beneficiaries in Naga City. Only 6 wheelchairs will be handed over since documentation by DSWD and verification of eligibility of recipients are not yet completed.—mesiamd (01/16/09)

RELATED BLOG: “UP Ibalon Alumni-Bicol pursues its wheelchair & leg prosthesis project for indigents” Posted by mesiamd at 1/09/2009

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UP Ibalon Alumni-Bicol pursues its wheelchair & leg prosthesis project for indigents

January 9, 2009

Ibalonian Annaliza Mariano relays the progress of UP Ibalon’s plan of helping needy patients of Naga and neighboring towns who may benefit in the wheelchair and artificial limb project spearheaded by fellow Ibalonian and UP-PGH Rehab Medical Specialist Dr. Josephine R. Bundoc.

The group’s president Butch M. Robredo encourages members and friends to participate in this worthy charitable project. Here below is a clip from a newspaper which describes the activity set for February 6, 2009:

DOCTORS, UP ALUMNI TO DOLE OUT FREE WHEELCHAIRS, ARTIFICIAL LEGS
by Bicol Mail (01/08/09)

“Naga City – The Physicians for Peace, an affiliate of the 700 Club,
and the UP Ibalon Alumni Association in Bicol will be donating free
wheelchairs and artificial legs to patients and amputees here and in
the neighboring towns comprising Metro Naga.

Kapisanan ng mga Sangguniang Barangay Kagawad (KSBK) President
Lolita Mancera-Nantes said the project is contained in the social
responsibility agenda of the medical organization in partnership with
the reputable alumni association of the University of the Philippines
in Bicol headed by Butch Manalastas Robredo.

Nantes said Dr. Josephine R. Bundoc of the Physicians for Peace and
the group led by Robredo will initially be distributing wheelchairs
and artificial legs in the city through the KBSK of which the members
are now preparing a list of beneficiaries.

Dr. Bundoc’s group is expected to arrive at the Naga City Gym on
February 6 for the distribution of wheelchairs along with the UP
alumni.

‘Initially they will be distributing 100 wheelchairs at the Naga
City Gym and to see also the amputees who want to avail of free
artificial legs to determine what length and size would fit them,’ said Nantes…”
=0=(Photo Credit: Renier&Rene)

For a complete report, please see Bicol Mail, January 8, 2009 issue, page. 3 or http://www.bicolmail.com (Vol. XXV No. 30 | January 8, 2009 )—Annaliza Mariano/Waterliliesnaga

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Unveiling of upibalon.com in Naga City

August 15, 2008

The UP Ibalon Bicol headed by Butch Robredo met at Bob Marlin’s in Naga City, Philippines on August 8, 2008 to unveil its improved, user-friendly site: www.upibalon.com developed by Dr. Andy Gimpaya.

The attendees were: Butch Robredo, Ann Mariano, Waying Manlañgit-Tam, Sieg Borromeo-Bulaong and husband, Dulce Bernardo-Dionisio, Alaine Alberto-Fornoles, Jun Olin, Totoy Badiola, Dan Daz, May Velasco-Yorobe, and Andy Gimpaya.

Here are Dan Daz’ photos of the event:

Dr. Andy Gimpaya presents www.upibalon.com, the UP Ibalon Web Community’s flagship in the Web.

Upibalon.com is a full-feature Web 2.0 site and shall also host as sub-domains the UPCAT Resources Site and the UPCAT Support Forum. Special domain shall also be donated to the mother organization in UP Diliman and to members who request their own sub-domain. This blog site (UP Ibalon Bicol) shall remain in its own domain, www.upibalonbicol.com.















The photo may also be viewed and downloaded in the link below:
http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/upibalonbicol/spnew

Part I: The Mighty Guy of UP Ibalon

June 29, 2008

Apolonio (Mighty) Baylon carries different tags like admirable multicolored feathered ribbons on his sleeves. Many call him the “father of UP Ibalon.” Some think he is the “Yoda of the Bicol group in Diliman.” Others assume him to be the “college day’s vessel of poignant memories,” and another the “merchant of friendship and goodwill.”

Once the indefatigable leader of Bicolano students, the mighty “idealist-CEO-enforcer” from Guinobatan, Albay takes real life head-on. In a two-part interview, more than 30 years after UP, here he is—cogently enlightening, down-to-earth, and thought-provoking.

Sabi ninda, ika da’a an “Ama kan Ibalon.” Ano an si’mong komentaryo?-Magayon dangogon. Maski bako lang ako an founder ta 20 man kita kaidto (o 24 ngani ta me nagtarabang na invitees na dai nag-member arog ki Dr. Jean Cortes o naghale like Prof. Egay Rosero.)

Baka dakula man su naging papel ko in setting the vision, setting the tone and the oplan/concept on how to establish UP Ibalon amidst a very difficult situation. Kadto dae baga mai-deklara tulos ang threats hale sa ibang grupo.

Mga siisay kadto saimo an nakatabang sa pagpundar kan Ibalon?
-An sarong leader siguro tata’o man magpalataw kan maitatabang kan iba. I recall the admirable contributions of the likes of Nestor Raneses and Steve David. The original members had their valuable inputs. And so was the support of the Molave Kurahaw. Si Grace Princesa-Escalante, pasalamat ako sa mga tabang satuya, an Mata Hari kan panahon.

I also want to recognize the subsequent contributions of Dr. Yasmin Paje-Banzon in normalizing relations with Alpha Phi Beta (APB.) Her effort eliminated the threat of another group, assuring us that there’ll be no other varsitarian except UP Ibalon.

Mac Pavia was helpful in defining relations between the politicals and the non-politicals. He was partly responsible for fostering the goodwill and friendship which brought unity to all the personalities in the group.

Sa mati mo, sobra daw su panahon mo na tina’o sa UP Ibalon?
-Dae. Pero iguang nagsasabi na sobra-sobra da’a an itinao ko. Dae ko aram kun ano an tama. But history spoke later ta in later years whenever I’m recognized for my role in the group, namamate ko an trust, respect, and love na itinatao sako kan meimbros lalo su mga naka-iba ko sa UP.

An confirmasyon kaini iyo su pag-aasikaso ninda sakuya whenever may problema ako sa health. Nagiging mover pa man guiraray ako maski mayo akong gayong resources. An puhunan ko lang: naipundar ko an tiwala sagkod respeto. Nakua ko siguro ini, hale sa pagta’o ko nin oras para pakusugon an pag-aramigo sa grupo.

Ngonian yaon kana sa cuidad de Davao, may pagbag’o an hiling mo sa grupo?
-Sa pagrayo ko sa Bicol, lalo kong na-appreciate an UP Ibalon.

Dae ka man napupung’aw, harayo kana sa lugar na si’mong guinikanan?
-I miss Bicol terribly. You can only understand this if you know my history. I was denied normal freedom of movement or travel. Nag-iwas ako kan yaon ako sa lugar na yan.

Living in other places made me feel like an exile. Kun saen naghaloy nag-grabe su longing ko sa satuyang native place, tongue and taste. Not hearing our language for a long time, any spoken Bicol feels like music to my ears. Pag nasa Bicol nahanap tulos ako nin Bicol na kakanon.

Yaon pa su copya mo kan constitution ta? Ano, iguang kaipuhan bag-o’hon duman?
-I think may copya ako kan iba’t ibang constitutions kan Ibalon alumni. After all these years kan pagtabang sa Ibalon, I realized an magic sa pagbuhay nin grupo dae masusumpungan sa constitution. Nasa vision yan, nasa mga tawong nagpapadalagan.

Hil’nga an chapter sa Naga. Nadalagan baga maski kadaklan dae man nahiling na constitution. Uyogon mo, mayo nganing regular set of officers may naguiguinibo sinda. The constitution is secondary. Padalaganon ta na ngona an pag-iriba.

Ano an prosopuesto mo para abuton su mga Ibalonians na dae pa nakakabalik sa grupo?
-Primero, kaipuhan ta an marhay na database. Natapos ko na su sa generasyon ta pero kulang kitat duman su mga masuronod. Segundo, kaipuhan na mag-assign nin mga respetadong personas na ma-reach out duman sa mga mayo.

Importatent ibalik su dating pag-aramigo, recuerdos, pagka-buronyog, dangan, siempre—an interes sa organisasyon. An pag-kaigwang mga proyecto arog kan naguinibo na Butch Robredo, Dr. Andy Gimpaya, Ann Mariano, Alaine Alberto, Dr. Eden B. Fernando atbp.(halawig an lista) an makakatabang makaburunyog satuya.

Iguang mga Ibalon na yaon sa Diliman nag-aadal pa, ano an dapat guibohon para sainda?
-Complikadong hapot. I-reserve ko na lang an pagsimbag digdi. This is a weighty and controversial topic. Although nasabi ko ki Butch Robredo minsan na we can act like a donor agency. Aram ta man na nata’o lang an donor agency kun gusto—if someone is deemed worthy to be given assistance. Sabi ko okey lang na mapa-rani an mga jovenes kan UP, para madangog man ninda an senior members.

Igua kang gustong ipa-abot sa mga jovenes?
Kaipuhan ma-araman ninda na bakong totoo an naglalakaw na kaputikan—idtong pigsarabi na an Ibalon da’a “po’on-sa-po’on ay political organization.” Iyo ini an saro sa mga razon kun ta’daw nagka-igua kita nin ibang provincial Bicol orgs.

Sa UP, ano an pinakadefisil mong inaguihan?
-Maski bright ka, dae mo puwedeng biruin an academics sa UP. Madali lang ang ma-cinco. An mga teachers duman sanay na sa pagbaragsak nin estudyante. Hard if one is a student leader. (to be continued…) =0=

New UP Ibalon Alumni Project Upcoming

February 27, 2008

The UP Ibalon Alumni Steering Committee met tonight at Kopi Roti, Magsaysay Ave., Naga City and gets closer to endorsing a new project. Watch and hear Interim President Butch Robredo give a summary in the video clip below. We apologize for the underexposure. Masyado dimly-lit sa Kopi Roti. Pang lovers an ambiance. Anyway, the audio is clear enough for you to make out what Butch is telling us. Ann Mariano will post the transcript of the meeting anytime shortly. Totie, the committee recognizes with deep appreciation your cash donation. Nasa banko na. Thank you.